Across much of sub-Saharan Africa where maize is the most important staple crop, production is primarily rain-fed, which makes farmers vulnerable to food insecurity due to global climate change. Approximately 40 percent of Africa’s maize crop suffers a loss in yield due to occasional drought conditions, endangering the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers and several hundred million consumers. The maize area vulnerable to drought is increasing by nearly 1 percent per year.
USAID is working with other agencies and organizations, including international development company, DAI, to provide a new climate resilient maize initiative. DAI asked FFunction to design and develop an interactive map of the maize seed system in sub-Saharan Africa, to be used for sharing knowledge, identifying connections and relationships among system actors, and for better understanding how to improve investments, programs, and interventions in order to create a more efficient and productive system.